Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kingsolver delivers....again

The Bean Trees
Barbara Kingsolver

I started The Bean Trees this afternoon and literally could not put it down! This is only the third fictional book I have read by Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bibleand Prodigal Summer being the other two) and all of them have earned 5 stars and a heart from me! Kingsolver has a wonderful way of writing real-life characters - people who are just living their life as best they can and handling the situations that are thrown at them on a day-to-day basis. The Bean Treesdidn't have an elegant storyline like Prodigal Summer but the characters were just so darn likeable.

Taylor (a.k.a. Missy) escapes small town Kentucky life with a high school education, job experience, and (against all odds) no children conceived in high school like many of the other girls in her town. She packs up her broken down VW and vows to drive until it breaks down. She has a minor issue in the Cherokee Reservation of Oklahoma and she leaves with a fixed car and a small girl, Turtle, in tow. Her car finally bites the big one right outside Jesus Is Lord Used Tires in Tuscon and decides that this is the end of the line for her. She and her new "daughter" meet and befriend a cast of characters who worm their way into your heart with their stories.

I will definitely get to Pigs in Heaven at some point to read the continuation of Taylor and Turtle's story. I have also hesitated to pick up Kingsolver's latest novel,The Lacuna, (mainly because it has a yellow cover and the color yellow is an abrasive color to me!) but I think I am going to finally dive in!

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